By Mike Lii Back when I was in high school, my church produced a video designed to encourage evangelism. The concluding scene of that video is burned into my memory. A young man was shown in tears and in relative darkness in order to represent his being in hell. He was looking at his friend—a
By Nancy Rempel Part I Just before midnight on September 30, 1994, a baby, one month premature, slipped out of an unwed Muslim girl in Peshawar, Pakistan. Wide-eyed with fear, 15-year-old Jan Bibi delivered her tiny boy in silence. The victim of a revenge rape, Jan Bibi was running, hiding, and dodging death. Six months
By Marcia Hornok What could Ishmael–Abraham’s son by Sarah’s servant Hagar–and Abraham’s great-grandson, Joseph, possibly have in common? Since the Holy Spirit’s verbal inspiration is intentional, even small details are purposeful and, in this case, can show similarities between Ishmael and Joseph. AGE SEVENTEEN God wants us to know Joseph’s age when he was exiled
By Laurence M. Vance “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15). One characteristic of conservative Evangelicals and Baptists who are not adherents of Reformed theology is that they are Dispensationalists. This is especially true of Free Grace believers.
By Doug Potgeter I met a friend for coffee recently, and we thoroughly enjoyed an edifying conversation about the Bible and theology. At one point in the conversation, we started talking about what a person must believe in order to be born again. My friend mentioned 1 Corinthians 15:1- 4 and proceeded to explain that
By Mike (Tsung-Tsun) Lii I didn’t grow up in a professing Christian home. When I was an elementary student, our family attended church once or twice a year, not necessarily on Easter or Christmas. During my middle school years, I was taken more regularly to a Taiwanese-speaking Presbyterian church, which should have increased my Bible
By Summer Stevens Meet Emma. She’s a kind, young Christian woman. She always thought she’d grow up, get married, and have a family, but she wasn’t in a hurry. There was plenty of time for that! Let’s say Emma graduates high school in a class with 1,000 people. Half are men, of course, so that
By Dix Winston Jesus Christ claimed to be the Son of God. The New Testament presents Him as being fully God and fully human. His death paid for the sins of the whole world. As a result, anybody who believes in Him for eternal life receives it as a free gift. These are all incredible
By Philippe Sterling A man went in for his annual checkup and received a call from his doctor a few days later. The doctor said, “I’m afraid I have bad news for you.” “What’s the news?” the man asked. “Well, you have only 48 hours to live.” “That is bad news!” said the shocked patient.
By Nathanael Stevens The news industry gained a lot of viewers through the debate on “a war on women”—but the tagline was mere semantics, if not outright deception. The truth is, there was and is a war on gender. More specifically, there is a war on masculinity and femininity. Women have been encouraged to renounce